Match of the Day recap: BBC show goes ahead without Gary Lineker, fans notice NO intro
Match of the Day went ahead on Saturday WITHOUT Gary Lineker and pundits.
The programme was thrown into turmoil when it was announced on Friday that regular host Lineker would not be presenting the show due to a dispute with the BBC over his social media use.
BBC presenters, pundits and commentators have stepped down from featuring in the programme in solidarity with the 62-year-old.
As the BBC does not have the rights to use world feed commentary to replace those who have pulled out, the show was reduced to just 20 minutes.
See below for a full recap of MOTD and the latest on Lineker amid his BBC row.
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Lineker was left overwhelmed by the actions of his BBC colleagues after the decision was made to take him off the air.
Ian Wright and Alan Shearer both boycotted the show in solidarity with Lineker.
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A petition started by fans of MOTD has been signed nearly 200,000 times by fans, calling on the BBC to re-instate Lineker as the host of the football show.
Everton beat Brentford and move up to 15th
Everton secured a crucial win thanks to Dwight McNeil’s goal in the opening minute of the game. The victory sees the Toffees end Brentford’s 12-match unbeaten run.
Leeds and Brighton play out four-goal thriller
Leeds came back twice to earn a point against Brighton, but remain in the relegation zone.
Harry Kane stars in Tottenham's 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest
Richarlison thought he had scored his first league goal of the season, but VAR intervened and controversially ruled out his goal.
Kane bagged two goals in the first-half, with Son Heung-min completing the scoring in the second-half.
The cross 😍— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 11, 2023
The header 😍
What a way to open the scoring! pic.twitter.com/x4Ld3yx17K
Joe Worrall pulled one back for the visitors.
Erling Haaland scores his 28th league goal against Crystal Palace
Haaland scored the only goal of the game as Manchester City closed the gap on league leaders Arsenal.
NO MISTAKE FROM THE SPOT! 🎯— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) March 11, 2023
A big, big goal for Man City! pic.twitter.com/vZHG3mJWzc
Chelsea make it three wins in three games in all competitions
Chelsea registered back-to-back league wins after claiming all three points at the King Power Stadium.
Wesley Fofana, who was facing his old team, had 'two wins' over the Foxes as he hilariously reacted to chants against him during the match.
Mohamed Salah misses penalty as Liverpool lose to Bournemouth
Salah failed to convert a second-half penalty as Liverpool suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth.
NO MOTD Intro
Tonight's show immediately started with highlights from Bournemouth vs. Liverpool.
🚨 | BREAKING: Match of the Day opens with no commentary, no music, and no introduction 👀 pic.twitter.com/tXaUGhj9A7— Politics UK (@PolitlcsUK) March 11, 2023
In reaction to there being no intro, one Twitter user wrote: "Weird watching #MOTD with no music, no intro, no commentary or analysis."
A second joked: "Even the MOTD intro music has opted out... This is like the Wetherspoons of football TV."
A third wrote: "So not even the Match of the day intro song is played wtf??"
A fourth said: "Just turned on MOTD. It’s AWFUL no commentary over the game not even to say which game it is. No intro no MOTD music pointless watching it."
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The programme is under 10 minutes away from airing and will have a much different look, with no presenter, no pundits and no commentary expected.
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